Apr 7, 2020
Exploring COVID-19, Business
& Women's Leadership, Janet Riopel joins us in The Inner
It seems like we're living in
our modern version of WW2; evidently, the COVID-19 crisis is very
different but way maybe worse. The impact in the global economy has
been astronomical in just a few weeks.
Is there a silver lining? We
need perspective on this and my guest today certainly provides
She is the President and CEO of
the EDMONTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. She has deep roots in our
community and considerable experience in managing complex,
She is also the inspiring mom of
two children and four amazing grandchildren.
I have the utmost respect for
this women, and I'm honored to call her my friend. Let's dive
What You'll Hear in This Episode:
- 7:26 - We start with Janet's
thoughts about the COVID-19 crisis. "Overwhelmed" was how she
described it. Beginning with the pre-factors and how the crisis
- 10:33 - Janet answers from her
business perspective, "How bad is COVID-19 hurting businesses
around the world?".
- 13:25 - She also talks about
which businesses are "immune" to the crisis, who are doing "fine"
and which are just hanging by a thread.
- 16:46 - We discuss what other
things could businesses do to survive, plus Janet shared fantastic
advice and opportunities to take. Additionally, what will be the
impact on stay-in-home businesses.
- 21:01 - If someone lost their
job, and decided to follow a passion or dream - Is this the right
moment? Janet gives us her point of view.
- 24:57 - She further answers
another frightening question... "How bad is this (COVID-19 crisis)
going to get?"
- 28:15 - Janet gives us a
glimpse of how she entered the business world and how she was able
to climb so quickly.
- 31:20 - She also talks about
Women's Leadership and "seeing herself as a woman in business." The
challenges, the value of being a female, the skillset and things
she did to set herself apart.
- 40:07 - There are a lot of
mistakes women make when looking for leadership roles or climbing
the ladder. Janet provides us with exceptional advice, and what is
the worst thing to do.
- 49:50 - Finally, Janet shares
with us the #1 thing that she has learned throughout all these
seems like this pandemic is very similar to those times right
are trying really hard to maintain some sense of stability or
control and calm, in a very chaotic atmosphere."
- "Nobody thinks this is going to
- "Businesses are just looking for
spend a lot of time with the people you work with, those people are
your family, and you wanna make sure that they are
advantage --of the free knowledge-- of that, if there's some time
to sit back and think, it's a luxury."
at these times as times that you have to be very conscious of how
you conduct yourself and what you do, to try to give back to your
community. It will matter to you."
would just run right after it ...I could jump in that hole, and
somehow someone would reach out."
- "Women often have to do the job well before
they are recognized for doing the job."
involved in clubs cause they make everything more meaningful for
this is my last career stop, ...I'll tell you I really feel like I
made a difference in this world."
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